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January 2015 Edition

New Year's Resolution to Get Out of Debt? OnTrack WNC can help YOU succeed! 

Most years, "getting out of debt" ranks in the top ten most popular resolutions. Regardless of whether credit card debt accumulated over several years or as a result of unexpected financial emergencies, high interest and monthly payments can strain your family finances. OnTrack WNC's Debt Management Plan can help you realize your dream of becoming debt-free.

 

NEW "Tax Refund Save to Win" for 2015

Tax Time: Those two words conjure up mixed feelings --- the dread of filing taxes and the hope of a big refund! In our seven years as an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, we've helped low-income taxpayers file over 5000 tax returns for over $6 million in refunds! For years Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP has been a leading sponsor of our Tax Project and, in 2015, with their help we are launching a new, innovative program to help clients start an important financial behavior - SAVING.    

Learn more here 

 

B-R-R-R, It's Cold Outside! Take Steps to Lower Your Utility Costs  

Don't miss the Energy Efficiency Class on Tuesday, January 27th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at our Asheville office. In this information-packed workshop instructor Matt Siegel, former Director of WNC Green Building Council, explains affordable energy upgrades -- from simple to more extensive -- that will save you money.  At the end of class, you can select energy saving materials and tools to make use of your new knowledge immediately! Most participants can expect to achieve a 30% savings in their utilities by implementing ideas learned in class. Thanks to The Biltmore Company's sponsorship, this class is offered FREE of charge! Space is limited so call today to register: 255-5166 or 1-800-737-5485.

 

SPECTACULAR Year-End Giving...as Simple as 1, 2, 3! 

Thank you for the wonderful response to our request for contributions at the end of 2014. Here are highlights from "Giving is as Simple as 1-2-3!"

- Board and Community contributions to our ongoing Program Support were over $15,000! Our best year-end EVER!  
- Our Endowment received a $10,000 contribution from Dawn Starks and Starks Financial Group, bringing our endowment total to $133,000! 
- Many gifts included notes of gratitude describing how our counseling and education have helped people rewrite their financial stories. We are honored and thankful that our services have made a transformational difference in their lives.  

To all our donors, we say THANK YOU! We will continue to work diligently to live up to the trust you have put in us by investing in our mission! 

 

In-The-News

 

January Money Matters - ON-THE-AIR  

Our Money Matters radio show features local guest experts with financial tips and insights. Listen to WWNC 570AM on Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM. Podcasts are available here.

January 3rd: Matt Siegel,Former Director, WNC Green Building Council, shares energy efficiency tips that will translate into money-savings for 2015. Don't forget to register for January's Energy Efficiency Class.

January 10th:
Gretchen Batra,AARP Volunteer, offers warnings, alerts and stories to protect older adults from devastating fraud and scams.

January 17th: Victor Moore, Foreclosure, Debt & Counseling Systems Specialist, shares strategies for getting out of debt in the new year, including OnTrack WNC's Debt Management Program. 

January 24th: Mike Byer and Mike Rash,Mike Byer Auto & Truck, help you plan maintenance and service to keep your vehicle running in these cold winter months.
   
January 31st: Nyda Bittman-Neville, CEO and President is an international image and brand doctor and prescribes the meds for a successful strategy to market and communicate effectively for both individuals and companies, thus creating the desired brand.

Thanks to generous grant support from State Farm®, Money Matters is broadcast  on WWNC 570AM every Saturday morning from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.   

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